Tech News Weekly (MP3)

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Tech News Weekly hosted by Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent brings you interviews from tech journalists who make or break the top stories of the week. Jason and Mikah give you more context and perspective, with an in-depth look at the fast-paced world of technology and how it is changing our lives. Records every Thursday at 2:00pm Eastern / 11:00am Pacific / 18:00 UTC.

  

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TNW 134: Is the Future of the Theater Remote?

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Twitter is testing a new reply system that lets users choose who can and can't reply to them, students are failing AP tests due to a new, allegedly better image format, and a brief look at the potential future of the theater.

First, Jason strikes up a conversation about Twitter's new reply system — some users are now able to limit who can reply to a given tweet.

Then, Mikah applauds Netflix's latest announcement wherein the company says it will remove unused Netflix accounts — no need to pay for a subscription you aren't using.

Then, The Verge's Monica Chin joins the pair to reveal a new and troubling situation for students taking AP tests remotely: the iPhone's default HEIC image format is causing those students to fail their tests.

Finally, freelance writer Eric Ravenscraft pops in to talk about his article in OneZero regarding the future of movie theaters and our movie-watching experiences.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Monica Chin and Eric Ravenscraft

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Posted on 21 May 2020 | 9:33 pm


TNW 133: VR Teleconferencing Finds Its Moment

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Hacking Coronavirus research, Spatial VR Meetings, Elon Musk's Tesla tantrum.

  • Laura Hautala from CNET talks about how the US is accusing China of hacking into Coronavirus vaccine research.
  • Devindra Hardawar from Engadget spent time inside Spatial's VR teleconferencing software and right now might be its moment.
  • Sam Abuelsamid from Guide House Insights details Elon Musk's Twitter tantrum and suit against Alameda County aimed at reopening the Tesla plant.
  • A new PlayStation 5 demo was released in a collaboration with Epic Games and Unreal Engine 5 and it is breathtaking.
  • OpenAI researchers created Jukebox, an open-source algorithm that mimics and creates original music from all genres convincingly.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Laura Hautala, Devindra Hardawar, and Sam Abuelsamid

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Posted on 14 May 2020 | 9:00 pm


TNW 132: Gig Economy Growing Pains

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What you need to know about Apple & Google's COVID-19 exposure tracking tech, the gig economy is in flux thanks to COVID-19, and some employers are trying to maintain employee productivity while they're working from home.

  • First, lead editor of 9to5Mac, Zac Hall, joins us to walk us through Apple & Google's COVID-19 exposure logging APIs — does it require an app? What are the privacy implications? How does it all work? Hall answers all.
  • Then, Jason and Mikah discuss COVID-19's impact on the gig economy — ride-hailing services are floundering while delivery services seem to be thriving.
  • Lastly, Drew Harwell from the Washington Post joins us to talk about the ways employers are keeping track of their employees who are working at home. Is it surveillance? Are there too many meetings? Harwell details the measures.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Zac Hall and Drew Harwell

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Posted on 7 May 2020 | 10:55 pm


TNW 131: Google Meet Outzooming Zoom

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Bias and AI, online test proctoring, troubleshooting home Wi-Fi.

  • Dave Gershgorn from OneZero talks about how bias can creep into AI systems and what can be done to prevent it.
  • With schools moving online more now than ever, Monica Chin from the Verge shines a light on the invasive practices of remote proctoring services.
  • Wi-Fi in the home can be a big challenge, but it might not be the problem. Geoffrey Fowler from the Washington Post walks through how to troubleshoot your Wi-Fi connection.
  • Contact Tracing apps are starting to be used by the public, all of them employing different methods of tracking and raising eyebrows in the process.
  • Google Meet just opened up its suite to all users for free in a bid to beat Zoom at the game Google helped to create.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Dave Gershgorn, Monica Chin, and Geoffrey Fowler

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Posted on 30 April 2020 | 10:25 pm


TNW 130: The Airbnb Apocalypse

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Airbnb's Uncertain Future Due to COVID-19, Ethical Online Purchases, Virtual Live Concerts, and Wi-Fi 6E.

  • James Temperton of Wired joins us to talk about how Airbnb is navigating the novel coronavirus.
  • Megan Morrone of Medium's OneZero publication shares her tips for ethical online purchasing.
  • Jason rocks out when he learns musicians are streaming concerts from home (and gives you some tips on how to watch and support them).
  • Mikah looks longingly toward the future now that the FCC has approved unlicensed use of the 6GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi connectivity.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: James Temperton and Megan Morrone

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Posted on 23 April 2020 | 9:18 pm


TNW 129: Minecraft Gets a Facelift

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The low-cost iPhone SE, Minecraft RTX Beta is live, Apple/Google's contact tracing plan, Animal Crossing: New Horizons as pandemic medicine, Playstation 5's holiday release changes.

  • Unemployment checks are delayed for some and the ancient COBOL programming language is to blame.
  • With last week's news of Google and Apple's collaboration on a contact tracing system for tracking COVID-19 spread, many people are concerned about their privacy.
  • Dan Moren from Six Colors talks about the newly announced iPhone SE, Apple's lowest-cost smartphone in its catalog.
  • In gaming news, Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is blown away by the new Minecraft RTX Beta that brings complex lighting effects into the experience to give it a notable facelift. Also, PlayStation 5 might be in low supply during its holiday release. Finally, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is turning into the game to beat during the quarantine.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Dan Moren and Sam Machkovech

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Posted on 16 April 2020 | 11:04 pm


TNW 128: Teaching Students Through YouTube

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Jack Dorsey's billion-dollar COVID fund, Bringing the classroom to YouTube, Microsoft doubles down on virtual events

  • Kurt Wagner from Bloomberg discusses how Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has committed 1 billion dollars to COVID-19 related efforts and why now is a particularly good time for him to do so.
  • Sophie Lucido Johnson is a teacher who has chosen to utilize YouTube over Zoom for her remote classroom work. She shared her reasons why in a post on OneZero and talks about those reasons with Mikah and Jason.
  • Microsoft insiders told Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet and Windows Weekly that the company will postpone the release of its dual-screen Windows X devices to 2021 due to COVID-19 supply chain issues.
  • The Unicode Consortium announced that new EMOJI will be pushed back to at least 2021 due to the pandemic.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Kurt Wagner and Sophie Lucido Johnson

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Posted on 9 April 2020 | 11:52 pm


TNW 127: No Joke! It's the New T-Mobile

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Using the Oura smart ring to catch COVID-19 symptoms, breaking down the T-Mobile & Sprint merger, and celebrating virtual weddings on Zoom.

First, CNET's Lexy Savvides joins us to talk about a new study from the University of California, San Francisco. Using a smart ring called Oura, the study aims to determine if wearables can detect early symptoms of COVID-19.

Then, Joe Maring of Android Central breaks down the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Where's John Legere headed? What, exactly, is "The New T-Mobile"? Maring answers these questions and more.

Then, The Verge's Zoe Schiffer raises our spirits by sharing stories of folks who've used Zoom to host virtual weddings in the time of social distancing.

Lastly, Jason and Mikah talk about their stories of the week: Apple acquires Dark Sky and shuts down the Android version; the Internet Archive offers up The National Emergency Library, filled with hundreds of e-books and other resources.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Lexy Savvides, Joe Maring, and Zoe Schiffer

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Posted on 2 April 2020 | 11:20 pm


TNW 126: Google Podcasts: iOS Launch

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Google Podcasts redesign, Zoom's attention tracking, At-home COVID-19 test kits

  • Emily Mullin from Elemental discusses some of the tech companies creating at-home COVID-19 testing kits.
  • Zoom teleconferencing software has some data and privacy tracking hooks to be aware of, according to Mehreen Kasana from Input Mag.
  • Google Podcasts Founder Reneau-Wedeen from Google talks through the redesign of the app as well as the newly released iOS app.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Emily Mullin, Mehreen Kasana, and Zack Reneau-Wedeen

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Posted on 26 March 2020 | 9:56 pm